Stories about Netizen Report from November, 2012

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Netizen Report: Facebookistan Edition

29 November 2012

We begin our weekly report in "Facebookistan" - whose rulers have decided to change the social network's site governance policies. Facebook is also facing a new wave of scrutiny from Europe for changes to its privacy policies. From there we turn to privacy issues in Hong Kong and on Google, a new global initiative to fight censorship, and much more.

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Netizen Report: #Gaza Edition

22 November 2012

This week's Netizen Report begins in Gaza, where the conflict between Israel and Hamas has highlighted sensitive issues in the negotiation of free speech online by Internet companies. From there, we move to Russia, where over 180 websites have been blacklisted for offensive content under a child pornography law. Then, we move to Portugal, the UAE and beyond.

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Netizen Report: Chinese Leadership & Censorship Edition

15 November 2012

This week's Netizen Report begins in China, where an unprecedented level of censorship has been reached as the nation goes through its once in a decade leadership change. From there, we move to Egypt, which has revisited a ban on porn sites originally ordered in 2009. Then, we go to Australia, the EU and beyond.

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MENA Netizen Report: Porn Edition

  14 November 2012

Most of this month’s report was researched, edited, and written by Rayna St, Nermeen Edrees, and Hisham Almiraat. After a YouTube trailer named “The Innocence of Muslims” sparked a widespread wave of protests in the region earlier this year, various actions by MENA governments were undertaken to strictly regulate online...

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Netizen Report: Baku Edition

8 November 2012

This week's Netizen Report begins at the Internet Governance Forum in Baku, Azerbaijan, which is a UN-sponsored event to discuss major Internet governance issues. It comes just weeks before the World Conference on International Communications starts in Dubai, which could alter the structure of the Internet, according to online free speech advocates. From there, we move to Russia, whose Telecom Minister has asserted the government does not intend to censor the Internet in response to criticisms over a new law to protect children online. From there, we move to Pakistan, China and beyond.

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Netizen Report: Cyber-Police Edition

  2 November 2012

This week's Netizen Report begins in the Netherlands, where the government is encouraging legislation that would enable greater police surveillance online. From there, we move to Canada, where legislation has been proposed granting police greater online monitoring power. Then, we move to the United Nations, United Kingdom and beyond.

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